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Serbia: The cakes are not for eating

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The elections of new presidents in Serbia and Russia gave the West a bad case of indigestion, diagnoses Eric Walberg
 
7/2/8 -- The post-Soviet New World Order project is continuing to suffer setbacks, with two new old thorns -- Serbian Democratic Party's Boris Tadic on 3 February 2008, who was narrowly re-elected, beating the Radical Party's Tomislav Nikolic, and Dmitri Medvedev, the United Russia candidate, who leads his opponents in the presidential election scheduled for 2 March with a healthy 75 per cent popularity rating.

It could be far worse in Serbia, as Tadic, though opposed to Kosovan independence, is the best of a bad lot, being a big fan of the European Union. A victory for Nikolic, deputy prime minister under the socialist Slobodan Milosevic, would have seen a Russian military base on Kosovo's border and Serbia rejecting all ties with the EU.

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Ron Paul: Squaring the circle

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Among a dreary cabal of shopworn politicos running for US president, one provides hope for the Middle East, but does he have a chance, asks Eric Walberg
 
22/11/7 -- The 2007 primaries displayed to the world its range of possible new leaders. The US media first latched onto Democrat New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who supported President George W Bush's invasion of Iraq and continues to support the occupation (Bush lite), and the Republicans on New York ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani who thinks Bush is a wimp and can't wait to attack Iran (Bush on steroids). The latter, despite his support for abortion, has just been endorsed by TV evangelist Pat Robertson, who argues that "the overriding issue before the American people is the defence of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists." Both potential presidents put service to Israel at the top of their agendas.
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US politics and Zionism: Marching to a different beat

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UNITED States General David Petraeus's report 13 September to Congress was greeted on the streets of Washington by a 100,00 strong demonstration led by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Two-hundred were arrested, including the iconic Cindy Sheehan, in a Political climate change is heating up American minds, observes Eric Walberg

20/9/7 -- As the presidential primaries began to dominate the headlines in 2007, it started to look like 1968, when the dark horse Democrat, Senator Eugene McCarthy, stunned political analysts by leaping ahead of the pack with his promise to pull the troops out of Vietnam immediately. Interestingly this time round, the good news was in the Republican camp, where McCarthy's unlikely clone is the libertarian Ron Paul.

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Bush's Divine Comedy: Part I -- The good, the bad...

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As the White House lame duck's Inferno in Iraq and Afghanistan drags on, the wars on the home front continue to fester, though with some red light at the end of the tunnel, observes Eric Walberg
 
15/11/7 -- New enemies in United States President George W Bush's wars are popping up in unexpected places. The latest one is peaceful Europe, where determined demonstrators and human rights lawyers recently ambushed former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld at a breakfast meeting in Paris organised by Foreign Policy magazine. He fled, fearing arrest over charges of ordering and authorising torture of detainees at both Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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US vs Russia: Who is on the warpath?

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Recent media hysteria about those damned Russians diverts attention from the emperor's old new clothes, laments Eric Walberg
 
23/8/7 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said 17 August that the Russian Air Force would resume regular, long-range patrols by nuclear- capable strategic bombers after a 15-year break following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The bombers were flying over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the North Pole, and were being escorted by NATO fighter jets, recalling Cold War-era standoffs. He suggested that the decision was a response to military threats to Russia. "Russia stopped this practice in 1992. Unfortunately not everybody followed suit. This creates a strategic risk for Russia.
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Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.

He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.

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